How did it get to be 8 days before Christmas?
The STUDIO has been very busy these days.
Today I wanted to show you a project
Boys in the Band
Lamp Black , Deep Burgundy, Country Red, Shading Flesh, Graphite, True Ochre, Hauser Medium Green, Dusty Rose, Neutral Grey, Dark Chocolate, Warm White, Snow White, Antique Maroon, Milk Chocolate
I found these bellows in an antique shop.
I knew they would be perfect for this design.
I began by base coating with Lamp Black
I cut pieces of sheet music copies to fit my project
I had to piece the pieces together to fit but the seams won't show on the completed project as you will be painting over this.
I used a sponge brush
to my surface
I also applied it to the backs of the sheet music
Carefully pick up you sheets of music and position them on your project.
I used an old credit card as a"squeegee" to smooth out any bubbles.
I trimmed the excess from the sides.
Let this dry overnight!
Once dry I applied Deco-Page to the TOP surface of the music
I find that is is best to be patient with the drying process
of the Deco-Page
to prevent bubbling of your papers.
When completely dry sand lightly
The pattern packet comes with 4 designs.
I only used one design and adapted it to this surface
I taped off the bottom edge. I used a stencil brush and pounced on Deep Burgundy.
I grunged a tag and used Deco-Page once again to apply sheet music to the tag.
Let your tag dry!
You can find my RECIPE for grunging
I taped off my sections once again. I used the flat side of a 2" sponge brush to slip slap a Graphite wash on my surface. I scrunched up a paper towel and dabbed the wash to "rag off' the color. This creates a mottled sky. Let this dry well.
I keep a small blow dryer on my paint table to speed up drying times.
I mixed some Graphite and Warm White.
I used the chisel edge of a Stain It Brush to establish the horizon.
I then turned my brush so that the chisel edge was vertical. I streaked color across the ground. I lifted the brush at the edges to feather out the color.
I added Lamp Black to the dirty brush and shaded around the edges.
I used a clean Stain It brush to streak snow across the ground with Warm White.
I used the same brush to scrub faint clouds in the sky.
I then loaded a Moon Brush with Shading Flesh. It is important to wipe off most of your paint when using these brushes so that almost no paint remains on your brush.
I then used the chisel edge to scrub faint color above the horizon line.
I also scrubbed some of this color between the clouds to create a "rosy glow" in the sky.
I transferred the main line drawing.
Add details as needed.
I like to use Silver Micron Mini detail brushes for a project like this.
Base coating the details of the Santa.
Starting to shade the coat
Painting the trim on coat.
Close-up of my work so far.
I used DecoArt Traditions DOME BLENDER to do a lot of the soft shading and highlights.
Working on the face and beard.
Adding tiny details
When I paint beards I layer my colors .
Leave some of your base coat showing !
Working on sleigh.
I've painted in the trees, salt box house, musical instruments and even the tiny mouse.
I dry brushed some White Frost Metallic Lustre to the snow
Next I spattered the area where the Santa is painted.
I covered his face with a DIME before spattering.
* To SPATTER easily use a stencil brush loaded with thinned paint. Hold brush over project surface. Repeatedly flick the bristles, pulling them towards you with a palette knife.
I squirted a dime size puddle of Lamp Black on my palette.
Around it a squirted out 4 puddles of Glazing Medium
I then added a few drops of Easy Float to this mixture
I mixed with my palette knife.
I then applied this mixture with a sponge brush to the bottom area of the bellow that I had painted Deep Burgundy.
I used a scrunched up paper towel to "rag off" this mixture and create texture.
I used a cosmetic sponge with Warm White to stencil on the snowflake.
I painted a small amount of Silver Bling Glamour Dust Paint to the snowflake
I taped off the top portion of the bellow that I left the original wood.
I applied two coats of Ultra Matte Varnish to the remaining sections.
Here you can see a close up of the Deep Burgundy area that I glazed.
Let dry completely!
I cut a piece of homespun.
I also painted some Silver Bling on the tag I made.
I added a rusty bell.
provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs.
Thank you Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt!
I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
Boys In the Band
Happy Painting !